Ongoing-October 28: Paint Pink Art Exhibit, Cabrini Gallery & Rapides Gallery. Sponsored by Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Arts & Healthcare presents “Paint Pink” an annual art exhibit commemorating breast cancer awareness and featuring local artists. All art is for sale. For more information, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org. Cost: Free. Call Judy: 318-769-7602.
Ongoing-November 19: Tierce: Artists of Louisiana Francophone Cultures, 933 Second Street, During Museum Hours. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. This exhibition will highlight artists from each of the three French speaking cultures of Louisiana. Cost: See website for prices; www.themuseum.org. Call Megan Valentine: 318-443-3458.
Ongoing-November 19: 29th September Competition, An AMoA 4.0 Beta Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, During Museum hours. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. This exhibition highlights contemporary art practices in all media. Cost: See website for prices; www.themuseum.org. Call Megan Valentine: 318-443-3458.
October 8: Adult Studio Class: Solomon’s Views: Digital Landscape Photography with Sean K., Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-5:00pm. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. This class features local photographer Sean Kamphouang and will focus on the rules of landscape photography and camera functions. Each participant will receive an 11×14 digital print of their selected image. Cost: $50.00 for members, $70 for non-members. Call Nancy Noles: 318-443-3458.
October 20: Fall Community Luminary Project, 933 Second Street, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. Join AMoA Educator Cindy Blair make lighted hats to wear in the luminary procession on October 21st. Materials are free. Cost: Free. Call Cindy Blair: 318-443-3458.
October 21: Autumn ArtWalk 2016, Downtown Cultural Arts District, 4:00pm-9:00pm. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. ArtWalk is a family-oriented arts festival with over 60 participating artists, vendors and live entertainment acts held in Downtown Alexandria’s Cultural Arts District. For more information visit, www.ticket-central.org. Cost: Free. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.
October 21: Exhibit Opening & Reception, 1330 Second Street, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Sponsored by River Oaks Art Center. Featuring artists Judy Mooney, Margie Tate and Mary Louise Porter. Cost: Free. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.
October 21: Fall 2016 Illuminate the Arts Procession, 933 Second Street, 7:15pm. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. During the 2016 Fall ArtWalk the Alexandria Museum of Art will be lighting up the streets! The community is welcomed to walk in the procession with a luminary they have created! There will also be luminaries to borrow, first come, first serve! Participants should arrive at the museum no later than 6:45pm in the Museum’s parking lot. Call Cindy Blair: 318-443-3458.
October 22: Fall/Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, Kees Park Pineville, 9:00am-5:00pm. Unique handmade arts & crafts made by local artists. Items include painting, pencil art, jewelry, stained glass, woodwork, wooden toys, ceramics, photography, wreaths, handmade soaps, jams & jellies, door prizes and much more. Cost: Free. Call Donna Fontenot: 318-443-1785.
October 29: Van Gogh Gala, River Oaks Arts Center, 7:00pm. Fundraiser gala featuring both a live art auction and a silent auction showcasing “Great Artists from Central Louisiana.” Cost: $50.00 Individual; $600 Reserved tables of 10. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.
October 6: Downtown Rocks, Alexandria City Hall, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Downtown Rocks will feature The Buddy Terzia Band. Vendors will be on site catering to concert needs. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Cost: Free. Call Courtney Paige: 318-449-5108.
October 6: A-Town Evenings: The Russell Welch Hot Quartet, The Hearn Stage, 7:30pm. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Hard swinging, original, all-acoustic gypsy jazz straight from New Orleans! Performing at such venues as the Spotted Cat Music Club and the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, The Russell Welch Hot Quartet offers a fresh version of swing-era jazz in the style of the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Cost: $15.00. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.
October 13: Downtown Rocks, Alexandria City Hall, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Downtown Rocks will feature Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience. Vendors will be on site catering to concert needs. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Cost: Free. Call Courtney Paige: 318-449-5108.
October 15: RSO Presents Celebrating Greatness, Coughlin -Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30pm. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Featuring guest pianist Orli Shaham. Rachmaninoff-Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini and Tchaikovsy-symphony number 5. Cost: $10.00-$25.00. Call: 318-442-9709.
October 25: “The Joy of Singing”, First United Methodist Church of Pineville, 7:30pm. Sponsored by The Red River Chorale, “The Joy of Singing” is a concert featuring American folk and patriotic music. Cost: $15.00 adults; $5.00 students. Call Red River Chorale: 318-484-4463.
November 3: A-Town Evenings, Hearn Stage, 7:30pm. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Featuring New Orleans guitarist Eric Johanson and vocalist Tiffany Pollack. Hear jazz, blues and more in a relaxed setting while enjoying drinks and conversation. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ticket-central.org. Cost: $15.00. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.
October 29: Spooky Stories & Costume Contest, Richard Gwartney Black Box Theatre, LSUA, 7:00pm. Sponsored by Empty Space Players. Cost: Free. Call Tammy Killian: 318-427-4458.
Ongoing-December 15: Adopt-A-Family, 5115 S MacArthur Dr., during hours of operation. Sponsored by Hope House of Central Louisiana. Please join us in making the holidays bright for the homeless women and children we serve. Call Crystal Guillory: 318-487-2061 x 202.
Ongoing-October 30: FUMC Pumpkin Patch, 2727 Jackson Street Parking Lot, Mon.-Sat. 10:00am-6:00pm., Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm. Sponsored by First United Methodist Church Alexandria. Pumpkins vary from .50 to $35.00 for purchase, games and picture taking available. Cost: Free. Call Dawn Branton: 318-443-5696.
October 6-8, Lecompte Friends of the Library Book Sale, Johnson Branch Library. This annual event is sponsored by the Lecompte Friends and it’s three days of books, magazines, picture books, CDs, DVDs and other materials. All sales benefit the Johnson Branch Library. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
October 6: AARP Driver Safety Program, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 8:30am-12:30pm. A one day, four-hour class for those 50 or older. Bring a check or money order payable to AARP to cover the cost of the course and your AARP membership card to verify your AARP membership number. Cost: $15.00 (AARP members); $20.00 (non-AARP members). Call: 318-769-3445.
October 6: Transitions: A Grief Support Group, Westside Regional Library, 10:30am. Sponsored by St. Joseph Hospice. Cost: Free. Call: 318-561-0100.
October 6, 13, 20, 27 & November 3: Refuge Recovery, 1921 Jackson Street, 6:00pm. Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic Buddhist approach to recovering from addiction. Cost: Free. Call Lyndon: 318-229-3811. www.facebook.com/refugerecoverycenla or http://refugerecovery.org
October 7: Wacoal 2016 Fit for the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness Event, Dillard’s Department Store in Alexandria Mall, 10:00am-8:00pm. Sponsored by Wacoal. For every bra fitting, Wacoal will donate $2.00 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In addition, for every Wacoal purchase, Wacoal will donate another $2.00. The money stays in our communities for research and awareness. Customers will be eligible to register to win prizes. The winner will be announced at the end of the day. Appointment preferred, refreshments provided. Cost: Free. Call Dillard’s Lingerie Department: 318-445-9992 x 5200.
October 7: 10th Annual Pink and White Balloon Launch, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 12:00pm. Sponsored by Christus Cabrini Women’s Life Center. Please join Cabrini associates and community as we launch pink and white balloons to raise awareness about breast cancer. All survivors and co-survivors are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served and door prize drawings for survivors. Cost: Free. Call Diane Kitts: 318-483-4026.
October 7: Star Wars Parent’s Night Out, T.R.E.E House Children’s Museum, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Pre-registration is required by October 5th. Cost: $20.00. Call Marissa Sonnier: 318-619-9394.
October 7: Cenla Mediation Film Night, Westside Regional Library, 6:30pm-8:00pm. This event features a screening of the documentary “Jesus & Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions” by John Ankele. Cost: Free.
October 8: Inglewood Fall Harvest Fest, Inglewood Plantation, 9:00am-1:00pm. Celebrate the kickoff of the fall season at Inglewood Farm. Music by B.O.O.M., Horse & wagon rides, face painting, hot food cookout and full market. Cost: Free. Call Stephen Reed: 318-442-6398.
October 8: Fort St. Jean Baptiste Tri-Centennial Celebration, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, 9:00am-4:00pm. This Tri-Centennial Celebration of the founding of Fort St. Jean Baptiste will begin with a Celebration of Mass by Catholic Priest, Rev. Chad Partain and continue with an official ceremony featuring Mayor Lee Posey and keynote speaker, Grégor Trumel, Consul Général de France à la Nouvelle-Orléans. Research presentations, demonstrations by living historians and children’s activities will continue throughout the day. Cost: Regular Park Admission. Call: 888-677-7853.
October 8: Preparing For College: A Financial Aid Workshop, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm. Christie Smith, College Planning and Client Services Representative will present valuable information on gearing up for college. She will be available to help the college bound student with completing a FASFA and have tips and suggestions for potential scholarship resources. This program is perfect for high school juniors and seniors as well as parents and adults entering or returning to college. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Cost: Free. Call Faith Johnson: 318-445-2411 Ext. 1036.
October 8: Friendship House Pig Roast 2016, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 6:00pm. Sponsored by Friendship House Adult Day Services. Sponsorships and reserved tables available. Cost: $45.00. Call Faye Simpson: 318-473-9504.
October 10: The Good Mourning Widowed Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am. This is an on-going support group for men and women whose spouse has died. There will be group sharing time and this group has trained outreach volunteers who are available to the newly grieving. The Morning Widowed Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month and is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Check out our Facebook page: Widows and Widowers of Central La. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
October 10, 17, 24, 31: Cenla Meditation Meeting, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 6:30pm. Cenla Meditation (Founded in September 2012) is a non-profit organization for those who want to learn more about meditation and mindful living within our community. All levels welcome! No religious affiliation required. Cost: Free. Call Lyndon: 318-229-3811. www.cenlameditation.org
October 10: Rapides Rocks at the Library, Gunter Branch Library, 6:30pm-8:00pm. The “pay-it-forward” sensation that is rockin’ Rapides Parish one stone at a time! Make someone smile with a motivational word or picture. Space is limited! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-7259. www.rpl.org
October 12-November 20: Rapides Reads 2016. A community-wide reading initiative where the entire community reads one book. Book-related events and activities will be help throughout the parish in an effort to celebrate the book and encourage everyone to use the library and its resources and services. This year, the Rapides Reads selection is: The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. A free copy of the novel will be given to those participating in the planned programs. The program is directed toward Teens and Adults. Cost: Free. Call Tammy DiBartolo: 318-442-2483 x 1906. www.rpl.org
October 12: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00am–Noon. This program is designed for adults with newly diagnosed diabetes and for people needing a refresher course in diabetes management. This is a basic diabetes program; therefore, no physician referral is required. The program content follows the American Diabetes Association guidelines and uses a variety of teaching methods to enhance learning. Topics include meal planning, monitoring blood sugar, medications, complications, and learning to deal with a chronic disease. The course is taught by Sandy Couvillon, Registered Dietitian, and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. Please pre-register; space is limited. Call: 318-769-3445.
October 12: Child Safety Seat Check, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace driveway, 2:00pm-5:00pm. A trained child passenger safety educator will take a look at your car seats, make sure they are not under recall, make sure the seat is installed properly and show you how to correctly install the car seat. The car seat check process takes between 15-25 minutes, depending on how many car seats are in the vehicle. The seat checks normally are held the second Wednesday of each month. Cost: Free.
October 13: Drive-Thru Flu Shots, Rapides Parish Health Unit, 8:00am-2:30pm. Primarily targeting those at highest risk, including: those over 65, pregnant women, anyone with existing illness and/or weakened immune system, and Native Americans/Alaskans, this quick, safe and easy immunization will help you stay well. No one over the age of 19 will be turned away, while supplies last. Please bring insurance card. Cost: Free (w/ Insurance); $10.00 (max without). Call: 318-487-5282.
October 13: Pulled Pork Fundraiser, Hope House of Central Louisiana, 11:00am-1:00pm. Meal includes: sandwich, chips and dessert. Delivery available for 10 or more plates. Sandwiches donated and prepared by Mike Grant. Cost: $7.00 per plate. Call Crystal Guillory or Ginger Allen: 318-487-2061.
October 13: Discovery Biology: What Are You Made Of?, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. This after school program takes a look at the wonderful world of YOU. We explore what we’re made of on a microscopic level! Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
October 13: Suicide Survivor Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30pm. This group is open to anyone who needs support and has lost a loved one to suicide. It could include parents, siblings, children, spouse, friends or coworkers. The group meets the second Thursday of each month. Cost: Free. Call: 318-312-7970.
October 14: Teen Fall Craft: Dream Catchers and Mini Lava Lamps, Gunter Branch Library, 2:00pm-3:30pm. Let’s go retro and create groovy lava lamps and far-out dream catchers. All supplies provided. Space is Limited and pre-registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
October 15: CPR Class, 1831 Turner Street, 9:00am. Sponsored by YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville. Call YWCA: 318-445-8880.
October 15: Prepared Childbirth Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am-2:00pm. This one-day class, taught by a certified childbirth instructor, prepares couples for the actual delivery. Topics include stages of labor and delivery, when to go to the hospital, pain management, assisted delivery, Cesarean birth as well as a tour of Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital. A light lunch will be provided. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-3445.
October 15: Bats: Fact vs Fiction, Robertson Branch Library, 10:30am-11:30am. Bats like to tangle your hair? Bats will suck your blood? Not sure if these are true or false? Join us as we learn more about these flying mammals as we go batty over bats in books! Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
October 15: Hearts & Soles-Advanced Level, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:30am–12:00pm. Open to ages 8 and up, this class explores more complex Afrikan drumming rhythms and dance techniques. Participants are also invited to also attend the introductory workshop to demonstrate what they have learned. The workshop will be led by Luther Gray and Jamilah Peters-Muhammed of New Orleans’ Bamboula 2000. Please pre-register. Cost: $15.00.
October 15: Star Wars Reads Day, Boyce Branch Library, 11:00am-1:00pm. Come in and watch, Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the big screen. Pick up a free Star Wars activity book for the kids (12 and under). Limited to the first 30 participants! Hurry and reserve your spot! Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org
October 15: Hearts & Soles-Introductory Level, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm–2:30pm. Open to all ages, this class will be an introduction to Afrikan Drumming and Dance, an active workshop with Luther Gray and Jamilah Peters-Muhammed of New Orleans’ Bamboula 2000. Participants will learn basic Afrikan drumming rhythms and dance techniques. Cost: Free.
October 15: Funktoberfest, Spirits Food & Friends, 2:00pm-10:00pm. Sponsored by Tipitina’s Music Foundation and Spirits Food and Friends. The family-friendly, non-profit festival showcases sampling craft beer from professional micro-breweries, a home brewer’s competition with sampling and incredible live music featuring local musicians along with regional headliners. Money raised will benefit the Tipitina’s Foundation. Cost: VIP $75.00; Regular Admission $35.00; Designated Driver $15.00. Call: 318-445-4491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 15-16: Sacred Heart School Fall Fair, 9968 Bayou Des Glaises Road, Moreauville, Sponsored by Sacred Heart School. Enjoy a Cajun Family Fair at historic Sacred Heart School with mass celebrated on the school grounds 4:00pm on October 15th. Fried catfish dinner served immediately after mass; in addition there will be a silent auction, BINGO, food booths, homemade cakes, family fun, games, live music, 5K run and Poker run. Cochon De Lait dinner will be served October 16th beginning at 10:30am, with continuing festivities and booths until 4:00pm. Cost: Free. Call Karen Moreau: 318-985-2772 or 318-359-1943.
October 17: Cancer Survivor’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 10:00am-11:00am. This group is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and their family/caregiver. We offer educational handouts and programs plus a chance to share your story with others. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938 or Debbie Guy: 318-466-6074.
October 17: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30pm-8:00pm. This class is offered to children expecting a little brother or sister. It helps them understand where mom is when the baby is being born and lets them know how important it is to become a big brother or sister. The ideal age for this class is 3 to 10. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-3445. www.rapidesregional.com
October 18: Forever Young Crafts: Thanksgiving Centerpiece, Martin Branch Library, 2:00pm-3:30pm. We take upcycling to a new level and create a Thanksgiving Turkey centerpiece using a few folding techniques, a recycled book and a bit of glue. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org
October 18: Girl Talk, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Rapides Regional Medical Center offers this two-hour class designed for girls between the ages of 9 and 13 – and their mothers. If mothers can’t attend, aunts and grandmothers are welcome. The class will explain some of the physical and emotional changes that occur to adolescents during puberty. The class is also designed to help parents open the lines of communication with their daughters. Class size is limited. Cost: $20.00 per family. Call: 318-769-3445.
October 19: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm. Join us for “A Not So Fairy Tale Story” presented by Ashley Burleigh; also featuring Mary & Martha with Sandy Piland. Reservations required Friday, October 14th and must be honored. Cost: $16.00. Call 318-481-7880.
October 20: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. This group meets on the third Thursday of each month and is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their family/caregiver. We offer educational handouts and programs plus a chance to share with others. Lunch is provided by Christus St. Frances Cabrini. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
October 20: Pumpkin Painting, King Branch Library, 4:30pm-5:30pm. We provide the pumpkins and the paint–you provide the imagination. We get together to work on creating spooky masterpieces. We’ll display your work for the rest of the month! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
October 20: United Way Wild Cook-Off, Third Street in Downtown Alexandria, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Sponsored by United Way of Central Louisiana. Come out and enjoy music and drinks while sampling great BBQ, ribs, Cajun and wild game dishes. Each category will have a winner decided by our panel of judges, and we also have a People’s Choice Award voted on by the tips each team receives from the community. Cost: Free. Call Abby Flynn: 318-443-7203 x 3.
October 20: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: 337-234-0088.
October 20: Ladies Night at A Very Merry Market, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 7:00pm-10:00pm. Sponsored by Junior League of Alexandria. Come walk the red carpet for a night of early shopping, tasty treats and delicious drinks! Bid on fabulous auction items, dance to the DJ and new this year…Chairs for Chairty live auction! For more information and tickets, visit www.jlalexandria.com. Cost: $45.00. Call Kellie Peyton: 318-443-6975.
October 21: Brunch on the Bayou at A Very Merry Market, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 9:00am-11:00am. Sponsored by Junior League of Alexandria. River Oaks “Men Who Cook & Mix Champion” Brodie Paul will be mixing and cooking shrimp & grits, waffle bar with toppings, bacon and more! Sip on mimosas and build your own Bloody Mary while listening to our jazz band. For more information and tickets, visit www.jlalexandria.com. Cost: $25.00. Call Kellie Peyton: 318-443-6975.
October 21-22: A Very Merry Market-Shopping, Alexandria Riverfront Center, Friday 9:00am-8:00pm., Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm. Sponsored by Junior League of Alexandria. Shop tons of local and out of state merchants! Toys, children’s and women’s clothing, accessories, home décor and check off your Christmas list! Shop, stay and eat from one of our five food merchants and beverages by Jack’s. For more information and tickets, visit www.jlalexandria.com. Cost: $5.00 in advance; $8.00 at the door. Call Kellie Peyton: 318-443-6975.
October 21: Hardtner Fall Festival, Hardtner Medical Center, 10:00am-2:00pm. The festival will feature over 80 vendor booths, music with Shy and Cathy from 93 QID, health information and checks, LPSO’s Drug Dog Demonstration, a Drunk Driver Obstacle Course, photo booth, games and many door prizes, great food and more! There will also be a dunking booth set up with all proceeds obtained going to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. Cost: Free. Call Aimee Paul: 318-495-3131 ext 119.
October 22: Character Events at A Very Merry Market, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm. Sponsored by Junior League of Alexandria. Children will enjoy a yummy breakfast for morning sessions and cookies for afternoon, while being entertained by their favorite characters. Santa Claus himself is sure to make an appearance! Some of your favorite characters will sing live! For more information and tickets visit, www.jlalexandria.com. Cost: $12.50. Call Kellie Peyton: 318-443-6975.
October 22: Annual Tour at the Historic Cemetery, 201 Hattie Street in Pineville, 2:00pm-5:00pm. Sponsored by City of Pineville and Historical Association of Central Louisiana. Guided tours through the cemetery every 15 minutes. Five completely new characters from the history of Central Louisiana will greet visitors and share their stories. Cost: $10.00 adults; $5.00 for 12 and under. Call Bobby Hynson: 318-442-8629.
October 22: 8th Annual Zombie Walk of Alexandria, 3rd Street between Murray & Johnston, 5:00pm-9:00pm. Sponsored by Cenla Zombie Association. Family friendly, smoke and alcohol free event. Vendors and a live band “When All is Lost” will perform. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cenla Homeless Coalition. Cost: Free. Call Jerry Havens: 318-880-2259.
October 24: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am – 12:30pm. This group is designed for Caregivers and/or family members of those diagnosed with Alzheimer/Dementia. We offer educational handouts, sharing time, and lunch is provided by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. The Alzheimer Support Group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
October 24: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am – 12:30pm. The activity group will be offered for those with Alzheimer’s disease. The staff from Brookdale Senior Living will offer appropriate activities with a fun, hands-on approach. This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month in conjunction with the Caregivers Support Group. The caregiver must attend the Caregivers Group and stay on campus during this group time. Lunch is provided by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
October 27: Lawyers in Libraries, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-2:00pm. The Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project, Inc. will present Lawyers in Libraries, a free legal clinic. Local volunteer attorneys will be available to help prepare simple or living wills and durable and health powers of attorney. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost: Free. Call Faith Johnson: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
October 27: Barrel Night: Whiskey Tasting, Shave & Shine, The Kut Men’s Parlor, 78 Versailles Blvd., 5:00pm-8:30pm. This AMoA fundraiser is an evening of the Art of Being a Gentleman. Enjoy a flight of whiskey, a hot shave in the barber’s chair and top it off with an old-fashioned shoe shine. Pre-registration required. Cost: $100. Call Stephen Farnsley: 318-443-3458.
October 27-29: Zoo Boo, Alexandria Zoo, 6:00pm-8:30pm. Sponsored by City of Alexandria and Friends of the Alexandria Zoo. Join in on the fun at Central Louisiana’s biggest family-friendly Halloween extravaganza. Enjoy SPOOKTACULAR characters, decorations, sweets and treats along the merry-not-so-scary trick-or-treat trail through the Zoo with a stop at the Festival Plaza to enjoy Halloween activities for kids. Treat bags provided. Admission to Zoo Boo is cash only. Cost: $7.00 for children ages 1 and older. Call Lee Ann Whitt: 318-441-6810.
October 28: Tales Along the Bayou, Kent Plantation House, 6:00pm-8:30pm. Sponsored by the Rapides Parish Library. Get set for another thrilling and chilling year of Tales Along the Bayou! Beneath the canopy of stars, in an inky moonless sky, the evening gets underway at 6:00pm with stories for younger children. At 7:30pm, gather in close when the second storyteller tells scary stories geared for older children. Families are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Cost: Free. Call Karla Kirby: 318-442-2482 x 1904.
October 29: Taking It to the Stage–Experiences in Acting & Theatre Arts, Rapides Foundation Building 2nd Floor Room C, 12:00pm-2:00pm. This is a participatory workshop with actor and theatre teacher Jeremy Ward. Open to ages 10 to adult. Cost: Free.
October 29: Magical Monster Slime, Robertson Branch Library, 2:00pm-3:00pm. What’s squishy and full of ooze? Come learn the secrets to making great slime! All materials provided! Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
October 29: Rock N’ Bowl Halloween Bash, Four Seasons Bowling Center, 9:00pm-12:00am. Join the Four Seasons Bowling Center for live music, costume contest, bowling and a great time! Entry fee includes all you can bowl, shoe rental and other festivities. Cost: $20.00. Call Brandy Wills: 662-588-0478.
October 31: Pumpkin Carving Contest, Rapides Regional Medical Center, 10:00am-2:00pm. Rapides Regional employees will display their creativity during the hospital’s annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Come out and see the winning, and not-so-winning, displays. The pumpkins will be on display in the hallway across from The Gift Shop in the main hospital.
October 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Have a safe and happy Halloween; remember to drive carefully during Trick or Treating hours!
October 31: 50th Anniversary of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”, All Rapides Parish Libraries, 4:30pm-5:30pm. Come to your neighborhood library and get a special treat, create a pumpkin craft, participate in a costume contest, listen to a story, sing-along with us and have a great time at your library–because we’re more than just books! Cost: Free. www.rpl.org
November 5: Scouting for Food. Sponsored by Louisiana Purchase Council & Boy Scouts of America. Boy and Girl Scouts will place bags on porches on Saturday, November 5th for residents to fill with canned goods and place on their porches. On Saturday, November 12th food will be taken to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana for individuals in need in the area. Cost: Free. Call Shane Cooley: 318-325-4634.
Ongoing-October: Yoga Classes, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga RX Room, 4:00pm-5:15pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Come make new friends, get flexible and enjoy the health benefits of Yoga! These classes meet every Monday and Thursday. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
October 7: Credit Union for Kids Golf Tournament benefiting Children’s Miracle Network, Oakwing Golf Club, 11:00am. Sponsored by Alexandria Credit Union Chapter Golf Tournament. Credit Union for Kids is a national partner of Children’s Miracle Network. 100% of the funds raised will stay in Central Louisiana for healthcare services for children. Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsorships available. Cost: $400 Team Registration. Call Elissa Constance: 800-522-2748 x 3807.
October 12, 19, 26 & November 2: Wake Up Yoga Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga RX Room, 9:30am-10:30am. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a Yoga mat. This is an on-going class and meets every Wednesday. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
October 15: Mall Ball, Alexandria Mall, 12:00pm-2:00pm. Sponsored by LSUA Men’s Basketball. Come meet the LSUA Generals Men’s Basketball players and coaches! Call Larry Cordaro: 318-619-2968.
October 29: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Downtown Alexandria, 7:30am. Susan G. Komen will host its annual Race for the Cure starting with a Survivor Breakfast at 7:30am. The 1-Mile Fun Run and 5K Race will kick off at 9:00am. The event will also feature the Survivors Ceremony, Team Tailgate and much more! Register online at acadiana.info-komen.org/cenlarace Cost: $35.00. Call Styphanie Duplissey: 240-863-8875.